Chris Cornell – A Tribute

Chris Cornell – A Tribute

by Brian Cook

On May 18th I woke up to very sad news. At first I didn’t believe it, I read the headline and was in disbelief. I probably stared at it for 10 minutes, saying over and over this isn’t real, its another twitter death hoax. Then I read the article and knew it was real. The headline said “Chris Cornell dead at 52. Suicide is suspected.” I knew that just 12 hours before I read that article they were on stage in Detroit, at the fabulous Fox Theatre. Which is why the video I posted was Soundgarden playing my favorite song by them, My Wave, for the last time.

Growing up in Vancouver and learning a lot of the Seattle sound, I fell in love with bands like Nirvana, Mudhoney, Mother Love Bone, Pearl Jam and Alice in Chains, but the one band that always stuck out was Soundgarden. Mainly for those amazing vocals Chris could hit. If you don’t believe me, watch the isolated vocals track for Black Hole Sun on youtube, or watch his acoustic cover of Billie Jean. Chris, to me, was a very talented and amazing musician. He was responsible for some of the biggest songs throughout the 90’s, and the supergroup Temple of the Dog, had one of the most popular and very widely covered songs in Hungerstrike. I have seen that song covered live so many times and every time it had a unique style added but it always sounded amazing. I learned something new as well about Chris Cornell yesterday, and it was something I just missed over the years, but when he joined the remaining members of Rage Against the Machine to form Audioslave, they recorded a bunch of songs and then broke up, sort of. What happened was the members of Rage had one manager and Chris another, and of course when you are dealing with world class talent both managers butted heads. The group split up, but then shortly after, a leak of, I believe 13 songs surfaced under the name Civilian. Those songs were the first Audioslave album. Once they were leaked the guys reformed and subsequently both managers were fired and they hired one manager to manage the whole band. After that we know the success Audioslave went on to have. It just goes to show how big he was in the music industry, from the success of Soundgarden and Audioslave, as well as the success Temple of the Dog brought to Pearl Jam as well. He also had a fairly successful solo career. To give you an idea of how successful he was, on May 18th in Tokyo Megadeath was playing a show, and they came back out for an encore and Dave Mustaine said a few words about Chris and then they covered the song Outshined. I included the video for those that want to see. The quality is not the greatest but it makes a really good point.

I personally have never met Chris but browsing Facebook I saw many people posting stories of when they met him or interviewed him. Each and every one of those stories showed that he was a very kind and friendly person that just wanted to hang out. Which makes the news of his passing all that more sad. I hope that all the people he worked with and helped mentor and influence can find peace, and pay tributes to Chris in there own way. Without Chris and Kurt (Cobain), Layne (Staley), Scott (Weiland), Courtney (Love), Andrew (Wood) Billy (Corgan) and many more the grunge and rock scene would have been much different and probably a lot different now.


Mental illness has only recently been a thing people talk about, and for someone who was so well loved and seemed on the outside to be so happy, it is scary knowing the demons in your head must have been so bad, and I encourage anyone reading this that needs help even if they are scared to ask to reach out to a friend, or family member, significant other, or use one of many resources available.

KidsHelpPhone Ages 20 Years and Under in Canada 1-800-668-6868
First Nations and Inuit Hope for Wellness 24/7 Help Line 1-855-242-3310
Canadian Indian Residential Schools Crisis Line 1-866-925-4419
Trans LifeLine – All Ages 1-877-330-6366


Distress Centre Calgary

Serving Calgary and surrounding areas
Crisis 24 hours
Main Crisis Line: (403) 266-4357
ConnecTeen: (403) 264-TEEN

Distress Line of Southwestern Alberta (Canadian Mental Health Association)

Serving Chinook Health Region and south part of Calgary
Crisis 24 hours: 1-888-787-2880
Crisis 24 hours: (403) 327-7905

Doctor Margaret Savage Crisis Centre

Cold Lake, AB T9M 1P1
Crisis 24 hours: 1-866-594-0533
Crisis 24 hours: (780) 594-3353

Salvation Army Community & Family Centres

Hope Line – Mon – Friday, 9:00 am – 11:30 pm: (780) 424-9223 Greater Edmonton Area

St. Paul & District Crisis Centre

Serving all Alberta and Northeastern Saskatchewan
Crisis 24 hours: 1-800-263-3045
Crisis 24 hours: (780) 645-5195

The Support Network Distress Line

Serving Edmonton and surrounding areas
Crisis 24 hours: 1-800-232-7288
Toll free service available ONLY to rural areas of Capital Health Region, and the Town of Drayton Valley.
Crisis 24 hours: (780) 482-HELP
Seniors Abuse Helpline: (780) 454-8888

Wheatland Shelter Crisis Line (Community Crisis Society, Wheatland Shelter)

Crisis 24 hours: 1-877-934-6634
Crisis 24 hours: (403) 934-6634

Wood’s Homes

Crisis 24 hours: 1-800-563-6106
Crisis 24 hours: (403) 299-9699


Province-Wide in BC

Crisis 24 hrs: 1-800-SUICIDE (1-800-784-2433)

BC211 – Referral Hotline 24/7  Dial 211

Burnaby Mental Health and Addictions

Burnaby residents seeking counselling for persons in suicidal crisis or support for persons concerns about someone at risk to suicide.
Intake: 604-453-1900

Campbell River Crisis Line

Crisis 24 hrs: 250-287-7743

Central Fraser Valley Telecare Crisis Line

Crisis 24 hrs: 604-852-9099

CHIMO Services Crisis Intervention Program

Serves Richmond, South Delta, Ladner & Tsawwassen
Crisis 15 hrs (9 am – midnight): 604-279-7070

Crisis Centre for Northern BC

All of Northern BC north of Quesnel, except the Peace River Country, Fraser Lake, Fort Fraser & Vanderhoof

Prince George 24-Hour Crisis Line,
Youth Support Line, Youth Online Chat
Crisis Lines:
250-563-1214 – 1-888-562-1214
Youth Line: 250-564-8336 – 1-888-564-8336

Serves from the Alberta border to Haida Gwaii and from Quesnel north to the Yukon border

Crisis Intervention & Suicide Prevention Centre of BC

Serves Vancouver, North Vancouver city & district, Bowen Island, West Vancouver, Burnaby
Also has online chat for youth:
Crisis 24 hrs: 604-872-3311
Crisis 24 hrs TTY: 604-872-0113

Serving Powell River & area, Sunshine Coast, Squamish, Whistler, Pemberton and Howe Sound-the Sea to Sky corridor
Crisis 24 hrs: 1-866-661-3311
Crisis 24 hrs TTY: 1-866-872-0113

Crossroads Crisis Centre Society

Serving the Comox Valley area
Crisis 24 hrs: 250-334-2455

East Kootenay Crisis Line

Serving entire east Kootenay region, from Golden to the Alberta & USA borders
Crisis 24 hrs: 1-888-353-2273  (C.A.R.E.)

Fraser Health Crisis Line

Serves the Fraser Health Region from Burnaby to Boston Bar: New Westminster, Coquitlam, Maple Ridge, Pitt Meadows, White Rock, South Surrey, Delta, Surrey, Langley, Abbotsford, Mission, Chilliwack, Hope, and Agassiz

Crisis 24 hrs: 604-951-8855 – 1-877-820-7444

Fraser Valley Regional Crisis Line

Serves Mission, Abbotsford, Chilliwack, Agassiz/Harrison, Hope, Yale & Boston Bar
Crisis 24 hrs: 604-820-1166
Crisis 24 hrs: 1-877-820-7444

G.R. Baker Memorial Hospital (Q.U.E.S.S.T. Unit )

Crisis, 24 hrs: 250-992-9414 (Quesnel)

Kelowna Crisis Line

Serves Kelowna, Westbank, Winfield, Lakecountry
Crisis 24 hrs: 1-888-353-2273  (C.A.R.E.)

KUU-US Crisis Line Society

Serving Port Alberni, Ucluelet, Tofino, Bamfield, and West coast of Vancouver Island
Crisis 24 hrs: 250-723-4050
Teen line: 250-723-2040
Crisis 24 hrs: 1-800-588-8717

North Island Crisis & Counselling Centre Society

Crisis 24 hrs: 250-949-6033

PIN Crisis Intervention Society (PIN Crisis Line)

Vernon, Salmon Arm, Enderby, Revelstoke

Crisis 24 hrs: 1-888-353-2273  (C.A.R.E.)

S.A.F.E.R (Suicide Attempt Follow-up, Education, & Research)

Provides counselling for individuals who are in a suicidal crisis, have made a suicide attempt, or are survivors of a suicide loss.
Intake Worker, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, Monday to Friday: 604-675-3985

S.U.C.C.E.S.S. Chinese Help Lines

Cantonese Help Line, 10 am – 10 pm: 604-270-8233
Mandarin Help Line, 10 am – 10 pm: 604-270-8222

South Fraser Regional Crisis Line c/o Surrey Community Services

Serves Surrey, Whiterock, Langley and Delta
Crisis 24 hrs: 604-951-8855

Vancouver Child and Youth Mental Health Referral

For suicidal children and youth (18 & under) at risk to suicide.
Intake: 604-709-4111

Vancouver Island Crisis Line

Serves: All of Vancouver Island and Select areas of the Northern Interior (follows Island Health regional boundaries)

Vancouver Island Crisis Line (24/7): 1-888-353-2273  (C.A.R.E.)

West Kootenay – Boundary Regional Crisis Line

Serves Trail & Rossland, the West Kootenay and Boundary regions, including Nelson, Grand Forks, Castlegar, Christina Lake, New Denver, Nakusp and Salmo
Crisis 24 hrs: 1-888-353-2273  (C.A.R.E.)

Williams Lake & Area Crisis Line

Crisis 24 hrs: 1-888-353-2273  (C.A.R.E.)


Crisis Stabilization Unit

Serving Winnipeg Health Region
(WHRA Mental Health Crisis Response)
Crisis 24 hours: (204) 940-3633

Interlake Regional Health Authority Mental Health

(Crisis Stabilization Unit/Mobile Crisis Unit),
(204) 482-91272

Klinic Community Health Centre

Serving Winnipeg
Crisis 24 hours: 1-888-322-3019
Crisis 24 hours: (204) 786-8686
Manitoba Suicide Line: 1-877-435-7170

Mental Health Crisis Service

(Karen Devine Safe House)
Serving Central Regional Health Authority
Crisis 24 hours: 1-888-310-4593
Crisis 7 days/week 4:30pm-8:30am
North Central: (204) 857-6369
South Central: (204) 325-9700

Mobile Crisis Services

(Winnipeg Regional Health Authority Crisis Services)
Serving Winnipeg Health Region
Crisis 24 hours: (204) 940-1781

Mobile Crisis Unit (MCU)

(Westman Crisis Services)
Serving Brandon and Assiniboine regions
Crisis 24 hours: 1-888-379-7699
Crisis 24 hours: (204) 725-4411

Sara Riel Crisis Stabilization Unit

Serving Winnipeg and surrounding areas
Crisis 24 hours: (204) 233-2756


Chimo Helpline (Chimo Helpline Inc.)

Serving New Brunswick 24 hours
Provincial toll-free Crisis line: 1-800-667-5005
Fredericton area: 450-HELP (4357)


Mental Health Crisis Centre (Newfoundland and Labrador)

Serving Newfoundland and Labrador
Crisis 24 hours: 1-888-737-4668
Crisis: (709) 737-4668


NWT Help Line

Serving Northwest Territories
Crisis Line: 1-800-661-0844


Telephone intervention throughout Capital District ,mobile response for Halifax, Dartmouth, Bedford
Crisis intervention & short term crisis management: 902-429-8167
Available 20 hours/day 9am-5am, 7 days/week
toll free number: 1-888-429-8167


Nunavuat Kamatsiaqtut Help Line

Serving Nunavut and Nunavik (Arctic Quebec)
Crisis 7pm-11pm (Eastern Standard Time) 7days/week: 1-800-265-3333
Crisis 7pm-11pm (Eastern Standard Time) 7 days/week: (867) 979-3333


Mental Health Help Line: 1-866-531-2600

Ontario College and University Students 1-866-925-5454


Distress Line: 519-658-6805

Durham County

Distress Line: 905-430-2522; 1-800-452-0688


Crisis Line 905-522-1477


Distress Line: 613-544-1771

Kitchener Waterloo

Distress Line 519-745-1166

Lanark, Leeds and Grenville Counties

Distress Line: 1-800-465-4442

London & District

London Mental Health Crisis Line: 519-433-2023
Distress Line: 519-667-6711
Seniors Helpline (SHL): 519-667-6600

Niagara Region

Distress Line: 905-688-3711
Mental Health and Addictions Access Line in Niagara  1-866-550-5205

North Halton

Distress Line: 905-877-1211


Distress Line: 905-849-4541

Ottawa & Region

Distress Line: 613-238-3311
Crisis Line: 613-722-6914 or 1-866-996-0991

Peel Region

Distress Line: 905-278-7208
Mobile Crisis Line: 905-278-9036 or 1-800-363-0971

Sarnia & Lambton County

Distress Line: 519-336-3000 or 1-888-347-8737

Six Nations Crisis Line

Six Nations Crisis Services
or 519-445-2404


Distress Line: 416-408-4357
Survivor Support Program: 416-595-1716

Waterloo Region

Distress Line: 519-745-1166

Wellington and Dufferin Counties

Distress Line: 519-821-3760 or 1-888-821-3760
Crisis Line: 519-821-0140 or 1-877-822-0140

Windsor & Essex County

Distress Line: 519-256-5000


Island Helpline

24 hour province wide Serving Prince Edward Island
24 hour province wide bilingual service: 1-800-218-2885


Quebec National Crisis Line
Centre de prévention du suicide de Québec

Crisis 24 Hours 1-866-APPELLE (277-3553)

Suicide Prevention Centre and Crisis Intervention Bas-Laurent

Rimouski (Quebec)
Line of intervention: (418) 724-2463

KRTB the Suicide Prevention Centre

Rivière-du-Loup (Quebec)
Line of intervention: (418) 862-9658/ 1-866-CALLS (277-3553)

Saguenay/Lac St. Jean

Chicoutimi (Quebec) G7H 5G4
Line of intervention: (418) 545-1919


Service Point Baie-Saint-Paul
Baie-St-Paul (Quebec)
Line of intervention: (418) 435-2212

Suicide prevention centre Portneuf – Arc-en-ciel
Donnacona (Quebec)
Line of intervention: 1-866-CALLS (277-3553)

Charlevoix Suicide Prevention Centre
La Malbaie (Quebec)
Line of intervention: (418) 665-3921

Suicide Prevention Centre of Quebec
Response Line: (418) 683-4588


Suicide Prevention Centre of Upper St-Mauricie
La Tuque (Quebec)
Line of intervention: 1-866-CALLS (277-3553)

Suicide Prevention Centre-de-la-Mauricie/Mekinac
Shawinigan (Quebec)
Line of intervention: (819) 539-3232

Suicide Prevention Centre Les Deux Rives
Trois-Rivières (Quebec)
Line of intervention: (819) 379-9238
Youth Line: (819) 691-0818


JEVI Suicide Prevention Centre – Estrie
Sherbrooke, (Quebec)
Line of action: 1-866-CALLS (277-3553)


Suicide Action Montreal
Montreal, (Quebec)
Line of intervention: (514) 723-4000


Help Centre 24/7
Hull (Quebec)
Line of intervention: (819) 595-9999

Suicide Detour
Maniwaki (Quebec)
Line of intervention: 1-866-CALLS (277-3553)


Amos Suicide Prevention Centre
Amos (Quebec)
Line of intervention: 1-866-CALLS (277-3553)

Abitibi-Ouest Suicide Prevention Centre
La Serre (Quebec)
Line of intervention: 1-866-CALLS (277-3553)

Phone line intervention for suicide prevention in the Abitibi-Témiscamingue (LITPSAT)
Malartic (Quebec)
Line of intervention: 1-866-CALLS (277-3553)

Suicide Prevention Centre of Malartic
Malartic (Quebec)
Line of intervention: 1-866-CALLS (277-3553)

Suicide Prevention Centre of Rouyn-Noranda
Rouyn-Noranda (Quebec)
Line of intervention: 1-866-CALLS (277-3553)

Suicide Prevention Committee Senneterre
Senneterre (Quebec)
Line of intervention: 1-866-CALLS (277-3553)

Suicide Prevention Centre-de-Golden Valley
Val-d’Or (Quebec)
Line of intervention: 1-866-CALLS (277-3553)

Témiscamingue Suicide Prevention Centre
Line of intervention: 1-866-CALLS (277-3553)

North Shore

North Shore Suicide Prevention Centre
Baie-Comeau, (Quebec)
Line of action: 1-866-CALLS (277-3553)


Suicide Prevention Commmittee Lebel-sur-Quévillon
Lebel-sur-Quévillon, (Quebec)
Line of intervention: 1-866-CALLS (277-3553)

Gaspesie/Iles de la Madeleine

Suicide Prevention Centre and Crisis Intervention Bas-St-Laurent (for Gaspésie-Îles)
Rimouski (Quebec)
Line of Intervention: (418) 724-2463

Online Suicide Prevention Gaspésie-Îles
Line of intervention: 1-866-CALLS (277-3553)


Regional Telephone Service Urgence-Distress Crisis
Line of Intervention: 1-866-CALLS (277-3553)

Listening Centre and Suicide Prevention Beauce-Etchemin
St-Georges-de-Beauce (Quebec)
Line of intervention: (418) 228-0001


Ilot-Laval Crisis Regional Service
Laval (Quebec)
Line of intervention: 1-866-CALLS (277-3553)


Lanaudière Suicide Prevention Centre
Joliette (Quebec)
Line of intervention: 1-866-CALLS (277-3553)


Faubourg Suicide Prevention Centre
St-Jérôme (Quebec)
Line of intervention: (450) 569-0101


The house under the trees
Crisis intervention line: (450) 699-5935 or 1-866-CALLS (277-3553)

Suicide Prevention Centre of the Haute-Yamaska
Granby (Quebec)
Line of intervention: (450) 375-4252

The Access
Crisis Intervention Centre in Longueuil
Line of intervention: (450) 679-8689 or 1-866-CALLS (277-3553)

Suicide Prevention Centre Pierre-de-Saurel
Sorel-Tracy (Quebec)
Line of intervention: (450) 746-0303

Contact Richelieu-Yamaska
Crisis Intervention Centre (St-Hyacinthe)
Line of intervention: (450) 774-6952

Haut-Richelieu Suicide Prevention Centre
St-Jean-Sur-Richelieu (Quebec)
Line of intervention: (450) 348-6300 or 1-866-CALLS (277-3553)

The Turn, Crisis Centre and Suicide Prevention
Suroit Region:
Valleyfield (Quebec)
Line of intervention: (450) 371-4090 or 1-866-CALLS (277-3553)

Centre du Quebec

Listening Centre and Preventing Suicide Drummond
Drummondville, (Quebec)
Line of intervention: 1-866-CALLS (277-3553)

Suicide Prevention Centre Les Deux Rives
Trois-Rivières, (Quebec)
Line of intervention: (819) 379-9238
Youth line: (819) 691-0818

Suicide Prevention Centre Athabasca-Érable
Plessisville, (Quebec)
MRC intervention Maple Line: (819) 362-8581
Intervention line MRC Athabasca: (819) 751-2205


FHHR Mental Health & Addictions Intake Worker

(Five Hills Mental Health & Addictions Services)
Crisis 8am-5pm, Mon-Fri: 1-877-564-0543
Crisis 8am-5pm, Mon-Fri: (306) 691-6464

Hudson Bay & District Crisis Centre

Crisis 24 hours: 1-866-865-7274
Crisis 24 hours: (306) 865-3064

Mobile Crisis Service (Saskatoon)

(Saskatoon Crisis Intervention Service Inc.)
Crisis 24 hours: (306) 933-6200

North East Crisis Intervention Centre

Crisis 24 hours: 1-800-611-6349
Crisis 24 hours: (306) 752-9455

Prince Albert Mobile Crisis Unit

Crisis 24 hours: (306) 764-1011

Regina Mobile Crisis Services

Crisis 24 hours: (306) 525-5333
Crisis after hours: (306) 569-2724

Southwest Crisis Services

Swift Current
(306) 778-3386

West Central Crisis & Family Support Centre

Crisis Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm: (306) 463-6655


Distress and Support Line – All Ages 7 pm-12 am 7 days a week (PST) 1-844-533-3030

RIP Chris, we love and miss you. You may be gone but you will never be forgotten

Published on May 19, 2017 at 10:01 am by Brian Cook


May 20, 2017 - 7:49 am

Rocker Rich

Brian’s inclusion of national crisis-line info is a thoughtful addition to a heartfelt tribute to Chris Cornell. There’s a Saturday wire service story in which Chris’s widow speculates it was an Atavin overdose and not intentional suicidal thoughts that spurred his actions. I can only wonder if something happened during the Detroit concert to trigger his demons.

Looking at things harshly, some might say Chris didn’t just devastate his family, but also screwed his bandmates who–in addition to the probable demise of Soundgarden–may also be on the hook for financial damages sustained by promoters of the tour’s final six concerts. But major bands like Soundgarden likely buy insurance for such catastrophic cancellations. After all, Chris or any of the members could have been run over by a bus.

Although I medicate for mild depression, I’ve never suffered the throes of deep “black dog” depression. From what I understand it’s so all consuming that consideration for loved ones disappears.

Past rock suicides such as Brad Delp of Boston and Keith Emerson of EL&P happened in their homes. Perhaps the more unusual circumstance of this taking place mid-tour will shine a light on a terrible disease.

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